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    Re: Where to find a Roman/Ranieri Plectrum?

    I made a few of the Roman plectra, tried them quite a bit, and did not find them to be better than a Neapolitan pick, at least for my playing style - in fact I think the traditional pick is a better...
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    Re: We don't need no steenking flat picks!

    I met Kenny a number of times. He used his big thick 1st fingernail to pick a bowlback, which he held more upright than most people.

    He was a force of nature.
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    Re: How much do you practice?

    Lately, not enough.
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    Re: Where to find a Roman/Ranieri Plectrum?

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/23419-Ranieri-and-Sandpaper

    http://embergher.com/http-www-embergher-com-index-phpid56/
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  5. Re: Reading mandolin music score by NOT using TABS

    Just curious - are those books mostly for Bluegrass, roots music, etc.?
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    Re: How to enhance mando for legato piece

    For Classical style playing, I would be using tremolo on all longer note values unless specifically notated as senza tremolo.

    Any particular reason you want to avoid tremolo? German school that...
  7. Re: Reading mandolin music score by NOT using TABS

    Any of the older mandolin method books (like Bickford, etc.) and the Italian ones like Munier use only staff notation.

    https://archive.org/details/bickfordmandolin01bick
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    Re: Another in a long line of stupid questions

    It means to place the capo on fret 2 and play the G, D, Em, etc., chords as if you were playing normal open strings.

    The effect is to raise the pitch a whole step. The chords sound as if they were...
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    Re: Tremolo technique

    it's a good opinion, and those are two of the best reasons to learn a specific technique.
  10. Re: What did we play on Mandolins 100 years ago in the USA?

    Check out the Ballo Liscio thread. Lots of music that Italian and Italian-American players performed.
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    Re: Ritus contra omnes genera pestis

    Chase those pests away! Grazie
  12. Thread: "A Bruxa"

    by DavidKOS
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    Re: "A Bruxa"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB9XofJWyOA&list=PL7GNiZHmGjhfVat_QpMGzzE74Jeid3eNY&index=3&t=0s

    A version by the Alta California Orchestra.

    I played bass and guitar on this some years ago.
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    Re: Book for learning Classical Mandolin

    I also recommend all the books mentioned so far.

    https://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Munier,_Carlo

    Please don't overlook the Munier books.

    http://www.mandoisland.de/eng_index.html

    "In the...
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    Re: yamaha mandolins

    No, that's the BX-1 bass that was Yamaha's short-lived answer to the Steinberger headless bass. Frankly it's a killer bass, but it never caught on.
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    Re: Tremolo technique

    Yeah, I get that, it's not part of the style for most British isles/Celtic/etc. music.

    I do use some tremolo when playing the more "classical" sounding English Country Dance tunes, though.
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    Re: Tremolo technique

    Wow, from the Italian tradition I come from, mandolin w/o tremolo doesn't exist! It's the essential sound of the instrument.

    Thanks for being honest, though.
  17. Re: Grand daughter is a Lefty - Help needed converting RH to LH

    What about the bass bar? Is it symmetrical or not?
    Does that model mandolin even have any?

    Good advice, though.
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    Re: yamaha mandolins

    I still play my 80's Yamaha bass:

    https://www.strat-talk.com/data/xengallery/130/130847-144e195f236899f49d65e89889ffdc8a.jpg?1449314377

    Easy to play, sounds great, and stays in tune for months...
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    Re: 12 sting bowlback

    And the 12 string mandolin is also sometimes called a "Sicilian" mandolin.

    https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/antique-vintage-sicilian-style-flat-1529174752

    "originally it was used as a 12...
  20. Re: Do you shift positions for hammer-ons/pull-offs?

    Exactly! that's why it's harder than the other fingers.

    And of course there are double trills...trilled double stops. Hard to do without using all fingers.
  21. Re: Do you shift positions for hammer-ons/pull-offs?

    That's a good trick, a bit of left hand pizzicato.:)
  22. Re: Just removed my "Florida"...myself..with a coping saw...

    Can you send me the extra high range fretted section you removed so I can add it to one of my mandolins that lacks the upper notes? :))

    Signed, Never Had Pick Click
  23. Thread: Palm mute

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    Re: Palm mute

    I have an alternative opinion for those of us that play oval hole and bowlback and other non-F style mandolins, particularly with pointed less thick stiff but still "springy" picks and like the...
  24. Re: Do you shift positions for hammer-ons/pull-offs?

    The tune itself would help! But I got the impression that it was an A string D to E , and would work better than an open E.
    As you say, the tune is the key.
  25. Re: Do you shift positions for hammer-ons/pull-offs?

    The answer I'd give as a teacher is you need to practice the 3rd/4th finger combination to build strength and speed.

    That said, many players would probably shift and use the 2nd/3rd finger.

    If...
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